This past Sunday, the New York Times published a front-page story on the Japanese cellphone novel (just in case you missed it in the Wall Street Journal last September and Wired back in 2005.) Now it’s officially news. The Japanese are not just reading but writing books on their handsets, and these works are getting so popular that they are being published in hardcover and made into movies.

What is most interesting about the mobile novel is the mobile novelist: young Japanese non-writers. According to the Times piece:

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